The Scourge of Villanie
The Scourge of Villanie is not a book to be read for pleasure or amusement. It is neither great literature nor even great satire. Its lines are usually turgid, allusions are most difficult to follow, and the whole, even for Elizabethan satire, is very liberally ‘bescumbered.’ But, for all that, neither the Scourge nor its author can be neglected by anyone who wishes to understand the mentality of English writers at the close of the sixteenth century.
G.B. Harrison, introducing the 1925 Bodley Head edition.